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    1. Member PanSamochodzik's Avatar
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      09-12-2020 10:46 AM #1
      This is the question I wanted to ask a while back since the exhaust systems on GTI337, 20th AE GTI and GLIs are made from stainless steal.

      Since it has been now 18 years when GTI337 was released first and 20th AE with Jetta GLI followed after I am curious how long your OEM car exhaust system lasted before needing replacement?

      I have 90k miles on GTI337 and suspect first thing needing fixing will be a catalytic converter before anything else on the whole exhaust system. Time will well if that is true.

      Please share your experience.
      Last edited by PanSamochodzik; 09-14-2020 at 11:04 AM.
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      09-12-2020 03:11 PM #2
      Mine has been laying in the bush behind my shed for 10 years at least. It looks to be in decent condition though. The $70usd china stainless 3” replacement finally developed a leak on one of the 4 bolt flange welds.
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      Who's the idiot that deleted the EVAP solenoid?

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      09-14-2020 11:09 AM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by Brake Weight View Post
      Mine has been laying in the bush behind my shed for 10 years at least. It looks to be in decent condition though.
      Lots of people were removing the original exhaust to get better performance. Did you remove yours for better performance?

      Then you should put it back on a car. It will probably be good still.
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      09-14-2020 01:03 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by PanSamochodzik View Post
      Lots of people were removing the original exhaust to get better performance. Did you remove yours for better performance?

      Then you should put it back on a car. It will probably be good still.
      I removed it for performance. I'm sure it is still good.
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      Who's the idiot that deleted the EVAP solenoid?

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      09-15-2020 11:16 AM #5
      I honestly kept mine for the cars whole life. It was still chooching up until the end there.
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      09-15-2020 02:47 PM #6
      Last edited by PanSamochodzik; 09-19-2020 at 11:36 AM.
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      09-16-2020 11:30 AM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by Disgruntled Ziemniak View Post
      I honestly kept mine for the cars whole life.
      That is what I want to do as well. I want to keep it until it will need a replacement.


      Quote Originally Posted by Disgruntled Ziemniak View Post
      It was still chooching up until the end there.
      Do you know mileage on your car when that happened?
      Last edited by PanSamochodzik; 09-19-2020 at 11:38 AM.
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      09-16-2020 11:32 AM #8
      It had just clocked over the 250,000 mile mark.

      I believe it was 252,000, iirc
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      09-19-2020 11:40 AM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by Disgruntled Ziemniak View Post
      It had just clocked over the 250,000 mile mark.

      I believe it was 252,000, iirc
      Wow! That is awesome!
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      09-19-2020 05:57 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by PanSamochodzik View Post
      Wow! That is awesome!
      Don't get me wrong, she needed to get a hole or twelve patched, but it was still there.
      Never bothered swapping it for an aftermarket as it never really needed it.
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      09-21-2020 03:18 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by Disgruntled Ziemniak View Post
      Don't get me wrong, she needed to get a hole or twelve patched, but it was still there.
      Never bothered swapping it for an aftermarket as it never really needed it.
      Even though that it needed some repairs that is still impressive.

      Can you tell how long catalytic converter lasted? I bet it wasn't that long like the rest of the exhaust system.
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      09-21-2020 03:29 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by PanSamochodzik View Post
      Even though that it needed some repairs that is still impressive.

      Can you tell how long catalytic converter lasted? I bet it wasn't that long like the rest of the exhaust system.
      Hahah, I never actually replaced the cat, even though I should've.

      During that last 10K I had the car, it was smelling like a soot-y diesel from behind. It was totally shot, and my buds and I started to refer to it as the "turbodiesel"

      Definitely should've had it replaced around the 200K mark, if not esrlier

      I suspect one of the main nails in that coffin was that the turbo seals were letting oil pool at the bottom of the turbo on what I suspect was the intake side. If I would lay off the boost for awhile, it would collect in huge quantities and when I would then punch it on the highway, it looked like I was rolling coal, it was apocalyptic.

      I've never laughed harder than when I accidentally smoked my buddy in a cloud thick enough to make any Subaru driver blush. Couldn't see more than 5 or so feet in that black fog
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